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Greetings, Prep 1 Families!

Thank you for another great week of rehearsals, which involved some pretty spooky singing!

We started off class with some singing favorites: Downright, Upright, Five Little Pumpkins, and Just From the Kitchen, featuring different types of favorite Halloween candies!

The children also engaged both their “attic” and “basement” voices by creating different ghost sounds on “wooh.” It is lovely to hear how much their vocal range is expanding this semester. The singers then did further work on pitch-matching and solo singing, with the help of our special Witch Puppet!

We also used paper ghosts to sight-sing on solfege syllables doh, mi, sol, and la. The kids had a blast switching the order of the ghosts, hence composing their own short melodies.

The children were also super excited to play the instruments this week, as sound effects in the song “Old Witch.” They used a cabasa for the sound of the broomstick, the handbell for the sound of the cat, the drum for the toad, and tambourine for the witch’s chuckle – all in all, a lot of creepy fun!

We also had another exciting listening and movement activity, this time to Saint-Saens’ music “Fossils” from Carnival of the Animals. The children all danced like skeletons, and demonstrated excellent listening skills. Please listen to the attached recording with your child this week, and have them share with you the secret nursery rhyme which is hidden in the song!

For homework, the children should continue to listen and memorize their recital songs:

Gingerbread

Do Re Mi

The Rainbow Song

The Marvelous Toy

And, our most recent song, Things I’m Thankful For

Enjoy listening and singing these songs with your child!

Have a lovely Halloween weekend!

Warmly,

Katie and Jazmine

October 31, 2015

Week of October 30/ Class # 8

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals, which involved some pretty spooky singing! We started off class with some singing favorites: Downright, Upright, Five Little Pumpkins, and Just From the Kitchen, featuring different types of favorite Halloween candies! The children also engaged both their “attic” and “basement” voices by creating different ghost sounds on “wooh.” It is lovely to […]
October 9, 2015

Week of October 9/Class #5

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals. This week we learned a fun new song and dance: Bow Wow Wow. Have your child teach you the song and dance! We once again played the African-American circle game Just From the Kitchen. This is a great way to learn everyone’s name. This week, have your child teach the family how to play! […]
October 5, 2015

Week of September 28, 2015/Class #3

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals! Today we continued moving and singing to the Spanish Welcome Song: ‘Buenos Dias” Buenos días, buenos días – right hand wave/left hand wave ¿Cómo estás?, ¿Cómo estás? – right hand shake/left hand shake Yo muy bien gracias, yo muy bien gracias – take hands, half turn ¿Y usted? ¿Y usted? – clap-clap-pat, clap-clap-pat […]
September 28, 2015

Week of September 21, 2015/Class #2

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Thank you for another great week of rehearsals! We started off singing  a special greeting song ‘Buenos Dias”: Buenos días, buenos días – right hand wave/left hand wave ¿Cómo estás?, ¿Cómo estás? – right hand shake/left hand shake Yo muy bien gracias, yo muy bien gracias – take hands, half turn ¿Y usted? ¿Y usted? – […]
September 28, 2015

Week of September 14, 2015/Class #1

Greetings, Prep 1 Families! Jazmine (Tuesday Prep 1) and I (Thursday Prep 1) had such a lovely time making music with your children in our first Prep 1 rehearsals! I am very excited to be working with such an enthusiastic group of young singers, and I know we will have a great year in Prep 1 Chorus! For those of […]